VICTORIAN

[ Alexander Buchan, Scottish meteorologist and pioneer in the field of weather forecasting. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Alexander Buchan') to Alexander Ramsay, regarding his election as a member of the Scottish Meteorological Society.

Author: 
Alexander Buchan (1829-1907), Scottish meteorologist, oceanographer and botanist, pioneer in the field weather forecasting, Secretary of the Scottish Meteorological Society [ Alexander Ramsay ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Scottish Meteorological Society, 122 George Street, Edinburgh. 9 May 1884.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and with wear to edges. Reads: 'Dear Sir | I have the pleasure of forwarding the official notice of your election as Member of the Society, and send by the same post a copy of the last issue of the Society's Journal. | Your subscription, as intimated, of 10/ may be paid at your convenience.'

[ 'Lewis Melville' [ Lewis Saul Benjamin ], Anglo-Jewish author. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Lewis Melville')

Author: 
'Lewis Melville', pen name of Lewis Saul Benjamin (1874-1932), English author, born into a Jewish family
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Playgoers Club, Strand, W.C. [ London ]. 'Please reply | 28 Clifton Gardens | Madia Vale. W' 28 September 1900.
£25.00

1p., 12mo. On grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | Will you please give me an appointment on Thursday next when I am in town? | Faithfully yours, | Lewis Melville'.

[ Victorian Fleet Street: rejection letters from 27 periodicals, received by the future Sir Walter Newman Flower of Cassell & Co.

Author: 
Victorian Fleet Street [ Sir Walter Newman Flower (1879-1964), publisher, author and musicologist, proprietor of the London publishers Cassell & Co ]
Publication details: 
Between 1898 and 1903. Various titles, mostly published in Fleet Street, London.
£120.00

The 27 rejection letters and slips - mainly from publications in the area of Fleet Street and the Strand - are laid down on twelve leaves of ruled paper extracted from an exercise book. The collection is in fair overall condition, aged and worn, laid down on ruckled leaves. An interesting collection of literary ephemera, showing how the various periodicals handled the rejection of rejected material.

[ William Small, Scottish painter. ] Autograph Signature and part of Autograph Letter to 'H. Roberts, Esq'

Author: 
William Small (1843-1931), Scottish painter and illustrator, belonging to the realist school and depicting the everyday life of the poor
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£20.00

On one side of a 7.5 x 11 cm piece of paper cut from the conclusion of a letter, laid down on another piece of paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Reads: '[...] I have got in the birds they come all night - I send in either tomorrow or next day. The above is my new address | Yours truly | William Roberts'. Addressed at bottom left to 'H. Roberts, Esq'.

[ Richard Bentley the younger. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Ambrose Heal, 're Writing Masters' and Buckinghamshire local history. With presentation copy of 'Some Stray Notes upon Slough and Upton collected from Various Sources'.

Author: 
Richard Bentley the younger (1854-1936), London publisher and antiquary [ Sir Ambrose Heal (1872-1959) furniture designer and proprietor of a celebrated London store, Heal's of Tottenham Court Road ]
Publication details: 
Both letters on letterheads of Upton, Slough, Bucks. 4 May 1927 and 4 June 1928. Book limited to 200 copies: 'Privately Printed | 1892'.
£120.00

All three items are in good condition, lightly aged. Both letters are signed 'Richard Bentley'. ONE (ALS, 4 May 1927): 2pp., landscape 12mo. Annotated by Heal at head of first page: 're Writing Masters'. Begins: 'My dear Sir | I thought you MUST have the mezzo of Tomkins! The private schools being adjacent to that of St. Pauls is hardly accidental? It would seem to imply a connection of duties (though not of schools.) and in former times people lived close to their work. No railways – no omnibuses even then. Stage Coaches, pre-Palmer, also slow'.

[ Marie Marimon, French soprano opera singer. ] Autograph Signature on monogrammed letterhead.

Author: 
Marie Marimon (1835-1923), French soprano opera singer who also sang in England at Drury Lane, Covent Garden and elsewhere
Publication details: 
No place [ London ]. 'Mardi, 4 Juin 1872.'
£50.00

A nice piece of Victorian opera ephemera. On a 10 x 6.5 cm piece of laid paper, with Marimon's monogram of intertwining Ms in plum-coloured ink at head, and with a border in the same colour. In good condition, lightly aged, and laid down on a piece of cream paper. Signed 'Marie Marimon' a third of the way down the page, and with the date at the head: 'Mardi, 4 Juin 1872.' Marimon made her English debut at Drury Lane in 1871, and was performing at the Lyceum as late as 1881.

[ Horace Annesley Vachell, Edwardian novelist and playwright. ] Studio photograph by Swaine's, with autograph signature ('Horace Annesley Vachell.').

Author: 
Horace Vachell [ Horace Annesley Vachell; H. A. Vachell ] (1861-1955), prolific popular author
Publication details: 
Photograph by Swaine of London and Southsea. Undated [ First World War or just after ].
£45.00

Sepia-coloured studio photograph on 19 x 14 cm card. Backed on the reverse with brown paper on which are printed the details of the photographic studio responsible, Swaine's of London and Southsea. The print itself is in good condition, lightly aged and worn; the reverse is heavily-worn with traces of glue from previous mounting. Vachell has written his underlined signature in black ink diagonally upwards at the bottom right-hand corner: 'Horace Annesley Vachell.' This studio photograph of Vachell is not present in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

[ Jane Cobden Unwin, Radical Liberal politician and suffragist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Jane Cobden Unwin') regarding books being send 'by Messrs. Knights' Van'..

Author: 
Jane Cobden Unwin [ Emma Jane Catherine Cobden ] (1851-1947), Radical Liberal politician and suffragist, daughter of Richard Cobden of the Anti-Corn Law League
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£120.00

1p., on 12 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, possibly cut from the conclusion of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount on reverse and slight loss to two words of text from wear. Apparently written to a family member or intimate (but see note below), the note reads: 'The enclosed is the list of the books that will reach you tomorrow morning by Messrs.

[ Eustace Miles, Olympic real tennis player, proposes a book on 'How to Breathe' to the publisher Grant Richards. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Eustace Miles.') to Richards, also regarding 'the Roman History Reviews'.

Author: 
Eustace Miles [ Eustace Hamilton Miles ] (1868-1948), English real tennis player who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics [ Grant Richards [ Franklin Thomas Grant Richards ] (1872-1948), publisher ]
Publication details: 
89 Norfolk Road, Littlehampton. 15 October 1901.
£50.00

Miles published two books with Richards: 'The Teaching of Jesus To-Day' (1899) and 'A History of Rome to 500 a.d.' (1901), the latter having appeared shortly before the writing of the letter. The work proposed by Miles in this letter does not appear to have been published by Richard or anyone else. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Dear Richards, | Would you be likely to publish a Vol. on | “How to Breathe” | in your “How-to” Series? There wd. Be plain-line illustrations. The Indian Yoga System wd.

[ A. Absolon, London publisher. ] Autogaph Card Signed to F. Davis, regarding his publication in the 'Forge & Lathe' of 'Maltons Gt. Treatise on Perspective'.

Author: 
A. Absolon (fl. 1878), London publisher [ Frederick Davis ]
Publication details: 
3 York Street, Covent Garden. 13 February 1878.
£25.00

Half-penny postcard printed in purple. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip along one edge from former mounting obscuring parts of a few words. Addressed to 'F. Davis Esq. | 4 Upper Phillamore [sic] Place | W.' The communication reads: 'Sir, | I beg to inform you that we have bought out Maltons Gt. Treatise on Perpective in the columns of the Forge & Lathe a fortnightly Journal devoted to Practical Mechanics &c. The Preface appeared in our No. Published yesterday price 6d by post 7d Terms for Subscribers 16/- Yearly 8/- ½ Yearly 4/- Quarterly. | A. Absolon | Publisher'.

[ T. H. Watkins of Kensington, Victorian art collector. ] Manuscript 'Inventory' of the contents of Watkins' three-story Victorian house, compiled by E. Sainsbury, including a section describing his 44 'Pictures' and 'Contents of Laboratory'.

Author: 
Thomas Henry Watkins (b.1831, fl.1895), of Kensington, Victorian art collector, educated at Christ's College, Cambridge [ E. Sainsbury of Bayswater, cataloguer ]
Publication details: 
Inventory of the contents of 90 Kensington Park Road, London, compiled by E. Sainsbury of 95 Westbourne Park Road, Bayswater. Undated, but late Victorian.
£500.00

The proprietor, T. H. Watkins, was a private tutor in Kensington, west London, who over a number of years placed a series of advertisements in The Times, the last of which, 9 September 1895, boasted that his 'pupils during 25 years have taken the highest places for I.C.S., F.O., Interpreterships, Woolwich Staff Coll., Sandhurst, Coopers-hill, Woods and Forests, Militia, &c.' Watkins was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, and his entry in Peile's 'Biographical Register' of the college (1913) states that he was 'son of Thomas: born in London. Educated at Bonn University.

[ W.B. Lewis, Civil Engineer; Isambard Kingdom Brunel ] Manuscript Journals (9) of an eminent Victorian Engineer.

Author: 
William Bourne Lewis (1831-1902), Civil Engineer [Isambard Kingdon Brunel]
Publication details: 
1873-4, 1877-1880, 1880-1882, 1882-1884, 1884-1886, 1892-1894, 1896-1897, 1898, 1901-1902 (death)
£4,500.00

Nine volumes, 1873-1902 (years as above, some gaps), mainly half and quarter calf, mainly marbled boards, worn but sound, neat handwriting, some signed "W B Lewis | 32 Lee Park". Unpaginated, all vols fully used except last (1902 year of his death), up to 350 pages in each, except one at c.80pp.

[ William Roupell, forger and fraudster. ] Two Autograph Signed documents, the first a draft [ for his election agent ] of a circular to electors on his standing as Member of Parliament for Lambeth; the second another election letter (draft?)

Author: 
William Roupell (1831-1909), forger and fraudster, Member of Parliament for Lambeth, 1857-1862, ruined in the Roupell Case
Publication details: 
Both from Roupell Park, Brixton. March 1857 and 25 April 1859.
£80.00

The first letter has the damaged signature 'William: Roupe', the second is signed 'W: Roupell'. ONE (March 1857): 1p., 8vo. Signed autograph draft of a circular Roupell made for his election agent at the time of his first parliamentary contest. On the reverse of a letterhead of 4 Wolsingham Place, Lambeth, which was the office of solicitor R. C. Barton, who was Roupell's election agent (see George Hill, 'Electoral History of the Borough of Lambeth', 1879). In poor condition, heavily worn, with loss to the outer edges and text, including the end of Roupell's signature.

[ Ben Davies, Welsh tenor with the Carl Rosa Opera Company: 'I have not been to the Opera once this season'. ] Autograph Letter Sigjned to the General Manager of the Royal Opera House, Neil Forsyth.

Author: 
Ben Davies (1858-1943), Welsh tenor with the Carl Rosa Opera Company [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 33 Compayne Gardens, West Hampstead, N.W. 2 July 1906.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Forsyth has drawn a pencil line through the first page, and written concerning the allocation of seats 'two tonight 3/7/06 <?>'.Davies states that he has 'not been to the Opera once this season: have never seen “Butterfly” - should be so glad if you could sent me anything for Tomorrow (Tuesday) – or better still, if you could phone me in the morning just yes or no'. Pushing his luck he ends, 'I suppose there is no chance for Wed also?'

[ Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne ] Pamphlet titled: 'Public House Trusts and Disinterested Management in England. Experiments in Public House Reform. Illustrated Pamphlet by Fred Topham. With Introduction by Ald. G. B. Hunter, D.Sc., J.P.'

Author: 
Fred Topham; Alderman G. B. Hunter [ The Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; The Walter Scott Publishing Company, Felling-on-Tyne and London ]
Publication details: 
[ Temperance Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. ] Second edition, 1907. Printed and Published by The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd., Felling-on-Tyne and London.
£45.00

34pp., 12mo. Stapled pamphlet. In fair condition, lightly aged, with rusty staples. Ownership inscription at head of cover of Ada H. Harrison, dated 9 May 1914. In 39 sections, listed in a full-page index, beginning with 'Earl Grey's Trust', 'Clergymen Supporters' and 'Earl Grey's Appeal for Licenses', and ending with 'Co-operation between Trusts and Temperance Legislation League', 'Trust Companies ready for Experiments' and 'The Dean of Hereford's Warning'. A temperance tract filled with local information of the situation around Newcastle.

[ George Saintsbury, literary historian and critic. ] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Courtney Mansel, regarding the receipt of a book and his 'fixed rule' on giving his opinion of unsolicited poetry.

Author: 
George Saintsbury [ George Edward Bateman Saintsbury ] (1845-1933), literary historian and critic [ Sir Courtenay Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh Liberal (later Conservative) politician and poet ]
Publication details: 
One: on letterhead of 2 Eton Terrace, Edinburgh. 15 January 1911. Two: 11 Pulling Street, Bath. 17 March 1912. Three: 1 Royal Crescent, Bath. Postmarked 23 April 1928.
£75.00

The three items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Postage stamp and paper beneath torn from third letter,, resulting in loss of full date All three signed 'George Saintsbury'. Saintsbury's handwriting is difficult to decipher and the following description only gives a phrase from each of the letters. Mansel had pretentions as a poet, and the first two items at least appear to concern volumes which he had sent Saintsbury. ONE (15 January 1911): 2pp., 12mo. Explaining that he has been compelled to 'make it a fixed rule to decline giving <?> opinion on poetry'.

[ Sydney Smirke's 1857 British Museum Reading Room: early guide, with plan. ] Printed booklet titled 'British Museum. New Reading-Room and Libraries. With a Plan.'

Author: 
[ The British Museum Reading Room, designed by Sydney Smirke, and opened in 1857 ]
Publication details: 
London: John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1864. [ London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street, and Charing-Cross. ]
£35.00

Murray's published a number of editions or impressions of this title from 1857 onwards, but the British Library does not hold a copy of this 1864 edition, and the only copy of it traced on COPAC is at the Victoria & Albert Museum Library, London. The present anonymous pamphlet is 16pp., 12mo. Without wraps and disbound. In good condition, lightly aged. The half-title reads 'British Museum.

Sir Francis Bond Head [ ' Galloping Head' ], Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada during the rebellion of 1837. ] Autograph Note Signed ('F. B. Head') to 'Mr. Wright'.

Author: 
Sir Francis Bond Head [ ' Galloping Head' ] (1793-1875), Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada during the rebellion of 1837
Publication details: 
Croydon. 20 October 1863.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight traces of glue from mount on blank reverse. Written in a good, firm hand. Reads: 'Sir | I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note of yesterday, with its enclosure.'

[ Llewelyn Williams, radical Liberal politician, calls Sir Courtenay Mansel a 'proud Welshman' and styles himself 'a Welshman of a thousand generations'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Llewelyn Williams') [ to Mansel ], after a visit to Maesycrugiau.

Author: 
Llewelyn Williams [ W. Llewelyn Williams; William Llewelyn Williams ] (1867-1922), Welsh journalist, lawyer and radical Liberal politician [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 111 Ashley Gardens, Westminster, S.W. [ London ] 22 February 1921. ]
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with the slightest smudging at the foot of the first page. Mansel is not named, but the letter comes from his papers, and contains references to the family estate at Maesycrugiau, and Mansel's ancestor Maurice de Londres. The first paragraph reads: 'My dear “Proud Welshman,” | For so I like to think of you, & not as a descendant of Maurice de Londres!

[ 'Ben Greet' [ Sir Philip Barling Greet ], Shakespearean impressario and 'an ardent opera goer'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Ben Greet') to Neil Forsyth, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, requesting boxes and commenting on productions.

Author: 
'Ben Greet' [ Sir Philip Barling Greet ] (1857-1936), Shakespearean actor, director, impresario, manager of Old Vic Theatre, London [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
One from 20 Buckingham Street WC [ London ], on letterhead of 'The Ben Greet Players', 14 July [no year]. The other from 2 The Terrace, Camden Square. 17 August [no year].
£80.00

ONE: On letterhead of 'The Ben Greet Company', addressed from 20 Buckingham Street, WC [ London ]. 14 July [ no year ]. 2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with the first page carrying pencil scorings and a short note by Forsyth. The first paragraph reads: 'If business will permit can I have one of the small boxes for Monday night. You generally let me have something during the Season. I've been a very regular Gallery & Amphitheatre and stallite this season.' He continues: 'You've got a genius in Frau , & you sd keep her. Everyone is raving about her.?>

[ Sir William Boxall RA, Director of the National Gallery. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Boxall'), regarding painting a portrait of the wife of either Sir W. J. Hooker or his son Sir J. D. Hooker, successively Directors, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

Author: 
Sir William Boxall RA (1800-1879), English artist and Director of the National Gallery, London [ Sir William Jackson Hooker and Sir Joseph Hooker, Directors of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew ]
Publication details: 
14 Welbeck Street [ London ]. 'Monday' [no date].
£65.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with some damage ay foot of reverse of second leaf (not affecting signature) caused by removal from mount. The letter presumably dates from before Boxall's appointment as Director of the National Gallery in 1866, when he all but gave up painting. It is addressed to 'Dr. Hooker', and the recipient is either Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) or his son Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911), successively Directors of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

[ Printed defence of the Belfast Wesleyan Ministerial Association. ] Calvinism not the Theology of the Bible. A Reply to Rev. Dr. Watts' Treatise [...] By the Rev. Wm. Appelbe, LL.D., T.C.D. With Observations appended by the Rev. George Vance.

Author: 
Rev. William Appelbe, LL.D., T.C.D.; Rev. George Vance [ Robert Watts (1820-1895 of the Presbyterian College, Belfast); the Belfast Wesleyan Ministerial Association ]
Publication details: 
Belfast: Phillips & Sons, Bridge Street. Dublin: J. Robertson & Co., Grafton Street. [ 1872 ] [ Allen, Johnston & Co., Book Printers, Up. Arthur St., Belfast. ]
£65.00

The full title reads: 'Calvinism not the Theology of the Bible. A Reply to Rev. Dr. Watts' Treatise, entitled “Arminian Departures from Reformation Principles, as exhibited in the Writings of Watson and Wesley, and in the Publications of the Belfast Wesleyan Ministerial Association.” By the Rev. Wm. Appelbe, LL.D., T.C.D. With Observations appended by the Rev. George Vance.' No copy at the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at Manchester and Queen's University Belfast. 44pp., 8vo. No wraps. Disbound. Stabbed as issued. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[ Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps, Equerry to Queen Victoria. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. B. Phipps') to '<Newland?>' [ the photograph J. W. Newland or his wife? ], explaining why the Queen must decline 'the Daguerrotypes'.

Author: 
Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps (1801-1866), Equerry to Queen Victoria and Private Secretary to Prince Albert [ J. W. Newland, English daguerrotype photographer ]
Publication details: 
Windsor Castle. 18 November 1854.
£50.00

The recipient's name, given at the foot of the last page, appears to read 'Mr. L. Newland' or 'Newlaw'. This may be J. W. Newland, was an English daguerreotypist and magic lanternist who travelled from New Orleans, through Central and South America, to the Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, England, and finally to Calcutta between 1845 and 1857. 2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He has submitted the recipient's letter to the Queen, 'together with the Daguerrotypes that accompanied it'.

[ Chiswick Press book: presentation copy in original wraps. ] Day Dreams, To which are added some Translations from the Italian. By Sir John Kingston James, Baronet, M.A. Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy Della Crusca.

Author: 
Sir John Kingston James, Baronet, M.A. [ Charles Whittingham, Chiswick Press, London; Royal Academy Della Crusca ]
Publication details: 
'London: Printed for Private Circulation. 1879.' [ Printed in London: 'Chiswick Press: - C. Whittingham, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.' ]
£150.00

xii + 187pp., 8vo. A handsome example of Whittingham's handiwork, printed on good thick laid paper, with title page in black and red. In original grey paper wraps. Small vignette of a tree within a decorative circular border printed in brown on the front cover and in black on title page. Uncut edges. Internally in good condition, loose in frayed and worn wraps. Author's presentation inscription on flyleaf: 'Sophia Cunliffe Rodger | Given at Nice | to her by | Sir John Kingston James'. Printed 8vo presentation leaf loosely inserted, reading: Château Denis, | Hyères, Var, | France.

[ Nancy R. E. Bell, author and wife of artist Arthur George Bell. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Nancy Bell') to unnamed 'Gentlemen', praising a book on Japan which (as the publishers) they have sent her, and expressing desire to review it.

Author: 
Nancy Bell { Nancy R. E. Bell, born Nancy Regina Emily Meugen ] (1844-1933), American art critic and travel writer, wife of Arthur George Bell (1849-1916), English genre and landscape painter
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Restgarth, Southbourne, Christchurch. 8 December [ no year ].
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The 'Gentlemen' are clearly the publishers of a book which they wish Bell to review. She writes that she is greatly obliged to them for offering her 'a copy of your beautiful book on Japan', and has written 'to 4 editors to ask for space for early notices of it'. The book is 'indeed a marvel of technical skill in reproduction & it would be a pleasure to me to speak as highly of it as it deserves'.

[ Giulia Ravogli and Sofia Ravogli, Italian opera singers. ] Autograph Note [ in the hand of Giulia Ravogli ] Signed 'Giulia and Sofia Ravogli', to 'Mr Neil Forsyth' of the Royal Opera House, requesting a box for 'Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons'.

Author: 
Giulia Ravogli (1866-1941), contralto, wife of Harrison Cripps; her sister Sofia Ravogli (1865-1910), soprano, Italian opera singers [ Neil Forsyth, General Manager, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 10 Bentinck Mansions, Bentinck Street, Manchester Square, W. [ London ] 28 June 1906.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The note- which is signed 'Giulia and Sofia | Ravogli' - is in the hand of Giulia Ravogli. It reads: 'We send to you our kind remembrances and we should be very pleased if you could spare a box for us for Monday evening next. "Pagliacci, and Deux Pigeons -', In his 2012 biography of Dame Clara Butt, Maurice Leonard writes that Giulia was 'an unusually tall contralto', who formed 'a sort of operatic double act' with her sister the soprano Sofia Ravogli, the two women 'appearing in Norma, Aida and many other works together.

[ The Duchess of Abercorn (sister of Prime Minister Lord John Russell) writes to her childrens' nanny. ] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'L Abercorn') to 'Emery', giving family news, and reminiscing about her friendship with Queen Victoria.

Author: 
Louisa Jane Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn [ born Lady Louisa Jane Russell ] (1812-1905), sister of Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell
Publication details: 
On letterheads of: Coates Castle, Pulborough (1891 and 1896); Fenton, Wooler, Northumberland (1895); Coates Castle, Fittleworth (1901).
£180.00

From the context of the letters (especially Item Three below) it is clear that 'Emery' had been nanny to the Duchess's two sons (and the youngest of her fourteen children) Frederic (1856-1928) and Ernest (1858-1939). The four letters total 14pp., 12mo. The letter from Fenton is the only one without a mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted. ONE (11 September 1891): Sbe writes that she does not have a photograph of her son Ernest to give him, but that she will ask him for one when she sees him, 'as he has not forgotten “Emery”, and we often talk of you'.

[ Edith Sandford, author of the 'equestrian drama' 'The Firefly'. ] Autograph Signature ('Edith Sandford | "Firefly"') beneath printed text concerning her 'fearful accident' in Dublin, the Princess of Wales and Earl Spencer.

Author: 
Edith Sandford, Victorian performer and horserider, author of the 'equestrian drama' 'The Firefly'
Publication details: 
[ Text refers to the accident in Dublin, Ireland, in August 1871. ]
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, but with loss to two corners caused by removeal from an album. Sandford's large, bold signature is across the centre of the page, beneath the printed text. The page is headed by a large monogram of Sandford's initials, beneath which is printed: 'HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS OF WALES AND MISS EDITH SANDFORD. | MISS EDITH SANDFORD received from H.R.H.

[ Abraham Hayward, author and barrister. ] Autograph Note Signed ('A. Hayward') to 'Seymour', asking for an 'early copy' of a book to be sent to Lady Herbert.

Author: 
Abraham Hayward (1801-1884), English author and barrister
Publication details: 
8 St. James' Street [ London ]. 29 January [ no year ].
£35.00

1p., 16mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. With neat central vertical and horizontal folds. Reads: 'My dear Seymour | Will you direct an early copy to be sent to Lady Herbert. | Ever truly yours | A. Hayward'.

[ A 'rapid survey of the British Spheres of Africa' [ by H. M. Stanley? ]] Printed pamphlet: 'Our Future Relations with Africa. Speech at Newtown, N. Wales. July 23rd, 1897.

Author: 
Sir Henry Morton Stanley [ born John Rowlands ] (1841-1904), Welsh journalist and African explorer associated with Dr David Livingstone
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [ Speech delivered at Newtown, Powys, Wales. 23 July 1897. ]
£200.00

13pp., 8vo. Stapled. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight rust to staples. Consisting of a title leaf and 9pp. of text in small print, paginated [2] 3-11. The author is not named, and no other copy of the title has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC, but the item comes from a collection of papers by Stanley - and Africa is his specailist subject.

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